FRA Announces Disaster Relief Funding for Small Railroads

WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration is accepting applications from states for $20 million in grant funding to help small Class II and Class III railroads that sustained infrastructure damage as a result of recent natural disasters.

Under the Railroad Rehabilitation and Repair Grant Program, federal grant funds may be used to repair and rehabilitate damage to railroad infrastructure sustained due to hurricanes, floods, and similar events in counties declared to be major disasters by the President from Jan. 1 to Nov. 6.

Among the possible uses of the funds are restoration of railroad rights-of-way, bridges, and signals. Prospective grantees must exhaust all other federal and state resources prior to seeking assistance under this program.